It’s a little more challenging to be a desperate john in Tulsa.
Last week, law enforcement officials announced the results of a prostitution sting called “Operation Velvet Fury.”
Via Fox 25…
TULSA, Oklahoma – Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office and the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office announced on Friday the results of an ongoing investigation into illicit massage businesses. The joint operation, called “Operation Velvet Fury,” targeted people running what are alleged to be fronts for prostitution – and websites used by the businesses.
Tulsa Police and a task force of local and state agents started making arrests Thursday in a year-long investigation of prostitution. Their work centered on use of an online scheduling system that connected the leaders of the group with customers. Police say they have identified several hundred women involved in prostitution, and many hundreds of men who paid for their services.
First of all, there is something really awesome about this operation. While the officers are seeking to arrest those who paid for the services or actually ran the business, apparently they are not arresting the prostitutes. According to the article, because many prostitutes are victims of sex trafficking themselves, Tulsa PD is sending them to victims’ services centers rather than jail time.
However, there are two things very wrong with this operation. One, the name doesn’t really match the crime in the case, because anyone who is associating “velvet” with sexual encounters obviously hasn’t seen a porno since 1976. And two, with numbers reaching far into the hundreds, it’s astonishing how many average Oklahoma men took advantage of the sex trafficking trade.